Sir Alex Ferguson was a genius. I have said that more than once on my blog and every time it hurts! Yet it is true and the evidence becomes clearer every single week as the United team that he cantered to a Premiership title in 2013 looks more and more average. I mean do Ashley Young, Tom Cleverley, Jonny Evans etc etc look like Premiership Champions? No! Ferguson was something else but in the end he was like the great old-time preacher who did an amazing job in his old style and in the 30 years in his bubble had not realised that the world had moved on.
As Sir Alex sits in the stand gloating that his legend is well intact you have to feel sorry for the United fans who were conned into his out of time mindset. They threw jokes at their City neighbours, even when Aguero wiped the smile off their wee grinning faces for a moment in 2012, by boasting that they didn’t buy the title and they were about bringing through young players; it is what Ferguson did after all. Their jibes seem hollow this morning and they have been left the laughing stock. Anybody-But-United fans weren’t sure whether a joke in Old Trafford’s direction last season might come back to haunt them as it had for 30 years but not anymore. United’s start to the season has left no room for doubt. They need to come into 2014 and very soon.
David Moyes got a raw deal and inherited the worst Premiership Champions’ squad in history. He was a 1985 appointment. He had no trophies on his CV, untested in the Champions League; nice, hard working guy with potential, from Glasgow. Since the last Glaswegian took the job European football had changed fundamentally. Big teams had big managers and bought expensive players. City weren’t freaky neighbours they were the norm.
So United have woken up but boy they left it late. So late that when they decide to go for the big manager he arrives with a worse team than Moyes and three of the back four gone. It has proven one thing, that the boys of 92 was a once in a lifetime! These young guys are being thrown into a den of lions that they might never psychologically recover from and you can be sure that the vast majority won’t recover under Louis Van Gaal. So it is throw your billions at a few players, quickly. That money throwing, on Di Maria in particular, is what will give the ABU fans most joy. United don’t do that! Really! Watch them!
So, I feel that it is a humbling time for United fans. They have gone mighty quiet on social media! I do think they are shell shocked. They blamed Moyes and didn’t realise the depth of the problem. A new season and they thought the default would be reset. As I say most other fans did too. That is why the full on humour has only started now.
United fans… give us a moment of pleasure in your situation. Us City fans for instance were where Milton Keynes Dons are just 15 years ago! We deserve a wee chuckle after all the chuckles you have had on us! You’ll be back but give it time. You no longer have the right to just turn up and score in the 97th minute! You are now on track. Big manger. Wads of cash. The rebuilding can begin. You can now play 2014 football and in 2016 or 2017 you might get to laugh at us again. In the meantime…